BBQ Shrimp and Cheese Grits with Smokey Tempeh
Cheese Grits Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vegan buttery spread
- 1/2 cup white grits
- 1/2 cup non dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
- dash of pepper
BBQ Shrimp Ingredients
- 1 cup barbecue sauce, store bought or use my 30 minute healthy bbq sauce!
- 10-15 raw shrimp, thawed
- 1/2 8 oz package of tempeh, sliced into thin squares
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce (sub liquid aminos)
- 2½ tablespoons liquid smoke
- 1½ tablespoons maple syrup (sub honey)
- extra BBQ sauce
- sprouts, I used sunflower sprouts
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- In a large ziplock bag combine your shrimp and bbq sauce, making sure the shrimp is submerged in the sauce. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix together your soy sauce, liquid smoke and maple syrup into a small bowl.
- Add your tempeh squares to a small baking sheet and pour the liquid mixture over the tempeh. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping once.
- While the tempeh is baking, heat a pot with water, salt and non dairy butter over high heat until boiling. Once boiling add in your grits, stir, and bring back to a boil.
- Then lower the heat to low, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, stir in 1/2 cup non dairy milk. Cover for another 10 minutes.
- When your tempeh is done cooking, take it out of the oven and set aside.
- When your grits have cooked for another 10 minutes, stir in your cheese, coconut sugar, and pepper. Keep the grits uncovered over low heat until ready to serve.
- Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Once hot, add your shrimp - cooking on each side for 1-2 minutes.
- When shrimp is done cooking, assemble! Grits first, sprouts, shrimp, extra bbq sauce if you want, and smokey tempeh on top!
- EAT UP.
I am going to be very honest with you. I don’t like Atlanta much. For those of you who don’t know my backstory, I grew up in small town Georgia about an hour outside of Atlanta, then I moved to SoCal for school and finished my time on the West Coast out in LA where I lived for 2ish years. I moved back to Atlanta to be near family and to refocus myself on what matters. But Atlanta itself to me is just, meh. I miss most everything about LA – the food, the bars, the sunshine, the lack of humidity, the mountains, the hikes, the people, etc.
But I don’t want to get trapped into a negative head space and wish away all of my time here. I have come to know that happiness is something you have to fight for, actively pursue each and every day. So today I thought I’d focus on the positive and make a list of things I do actually love about Atlanta.
Lists have always been a really positive tool in my life when overcoming sadness, and attempting to focus on the good. Sometimes a list is all it takes to get me out of a funk. And since I consider Brewing Happiness the place where food and happiness meet, I thought I’d share my list with you. Because maybe someone else is also in a funk about something in their world, and can find this helpful. Or maybe we all could just use a good reminder to practice happiness each and every day.
So here we go. Here are 30 things I love about Atlanta. Why 30? IDK. Just picked the number. hah.
- Being a 20 minute drive from my sister and her husband.
- That people talk to you in the grocery store.
- The cute little cottage style houses.
- The Grant Park farmers market.
- Evening storms that come out of nowhere and leave quickly.
- Big green trees and ivy.
- Driving 1 hour to sleep in my childhood bed.
- Dinners with my parents.
- The beltline.
- My beautiful apartment that used to be a mattress factory.
- MY FAVORITE PLACE.
- Street art murals.
- The price of beer.
- The price of a haircut/color.
- The way people always hold the door for you.
- Reuniting with old friends.
- Living near MLK Jr’s childhood home.
- The price of gas.
- Getting to hang out with my grandma.
- All of the ATL blogger babes I’ve met (who are amazing and so sweet.)
- The plethora of spin studios.
- How people always say hello. NO. MATTER. WHAT.
- Shaky Knees music festival.
- The comfort I feel living near my family again.
What are your 30 favorite things about where you live? What are you doing to pursue happiness today? (Hopefully it includes this health-ier bbq shrimp & grits situation!)